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YSOY 2013 - winners

How do you choose winners from such an array of young storyteller talent?  This was the task of judges Hugh Lupton and Nell Phoenix as they watched young storytellers from across England and Wales compete for the title of Young Storyteller of the Year in Birmingham on 9 March 2013.  This was an exciting day of outstanding performances as each storyteller took the stage determined to give the audience something to remember.  After great deliberation the judges made their decisions and here they are.

Young Storyteller of the Year 2013
Tamar Williams receives her award from the judges


Highly commended:
Ed Croft
Ed also won The Alexander Award for Best Newcomer 18-25

Under 18 Winner:
Tom Crane

Best Young Group:
The Three Musketellers
The People's Prize chosen by the audience themselves also went to Tamar Williams.  She lives in Birmingham but comes from Wales and told a Welsh story.  Tamar also received The Welsh Prize.

While the judges are deliberating YSOY has always had an interval entertainment spot.  This year it was filled by two young storytellers Connie Peach and Fiona Boyle too young to enter the competition and a folk music duo Ciara and Niamh McCorriston from Birmingham.

In the under 18 category there were two Special awards.
The Positive Futures Award
went to Kayleigh Gee 
The James Award for
Best Newcomer Under 18
went to Shaan Braun

Traditional Arts Team Prize
Ellie Holly

Adverse Camber Award
Jake Evans

With the support of the Paul Hamlyn Foundation, the Traditional Arts Team has published PASS IT ON, a resource aimed at helping teachers and youth workers of all kinds to engage and educate young people in the ancient art of storytelling.  

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